Magnificent mountains, pretty-as-a-picture harbours, scenic national parks and captivating hinterland – there’s no denying that Tasmania has to be one of Australia’s most romantic destinations. Want to experience it all this Valentine’s Day? From city-central hotels to countryside havens, we’ve gathered some seriously lovely stays for a special couples’ getaway, all within two hours from the city. Go on, treat yourselves!
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Henry Jones Art Hotel
Set on Hobart’s iconic waterfront, the stylish Henry Jones Art Hotel effortlessly blends the charms of the past with the luxuries of the present. Just a short walk from award-winning restaurants, sleek bars, fabulous cafes and wonderful art galleries, this industrial-chic boutique hideaway is also blessed with picturesque Mount Wellington views.
The beauty of a stay at the Henry Jones Art Hotel is that each of the rooms and suites are one-of-a-kind and boast their own unique character. Whichever you choose, though, you’ll be treated to delightful touches like heritage architectural features, 19th-century sandstone walls, spa baths and all the mod-cons. There’s also two mood-lit restaurants, a cafe and lively bar waiting for you to discover.
Best room for two: For an indulgent escape, book one of the hotel’s Deluxe Spa Harbour View Rooms. Overlooking Hobart’s beautiful waterfront, they include deep elliptical spa baths, King-size beds and original Tasmanian artworks.
Okay, this luxurious escape is over two hours’ drive from Launceston (it’ll take you two-and-a-half hours to get here). But with such an iconic status, a stay at the famous Saffire Freycinet is well worth the trip. Immersed in some of Tasmania’s most spectacular nature and taking in breathtaking Freycinet National Park views, this sumptuous hideaway is for those who want to enjoy the finer things in life.
Close to the stunning Wineglass Bay, Saffire Freycinet offers complimentary guides to the sensational Wineglass Bay Lookout, plus once-in-a-lifetime experiences like Tasmanian Devil-spotting and visits to an acclaimed oyster farm. If you prefer to not stray too far, the retreat is also where you can sample some of Australia’s best cuisine and unwind at the onsite spa. In other words, a stay here is sure to win over your sweetheart.
Best room for two: Spoil yourselves with a stay in one of Saffire Freycinet’s Signature Suites. With generous styled-to-the-max living spaces that open out to pinch-me-now Great Oyster Bay views, they also complete the Tasmanian getaway idyll with private courtyards, outdoor decks and lounges, bespoke King-size beds, double showers and baths with bay views.
Perfect for a city getaway, Hobart’s contemporary MACq 01 is designed to tell the stories of the area’s history – expect unique room designs and eye-catching artworks.
Only moments from the city’s exceptional dining and cultural hotspots, this fantastic escape also offers brilliant views of the famous River Derwent and majestic Mount Wellington. Rounding everything out, a spectacular seafood restaurant and bar promise an unforgettable stay.
Best room for two: Take your romantic getaway to the next level when you claim one of MACq 01’s Superior Waterfront Rooms for yourselves. Immaculately furnished and affording stunning water views, they’re home to touches like walk-in showers, King-size beds and private balconies.
The Islington Hotel
Known for its intimate atmosphere and highly personalised service, South Hobart’s elegant Islington Hotel (five minutes south-west of central Hobart) invites couples to live the high-life. A renovated 19th-century Regency-style building, the luxury 11-room lodge fuses heritage opulence with modern advances – think under-floor heating, in-room iPads and custom-made King-size Islington Dream beds.
Gourmands will be in their element at the stately Islington Hotel. With a focus on celebrating seasonal, local and organic produce, the renowned Islington Kitchen serves up amazing Tasmanian fare and enchanting Mount Wellington views. There’s also a prestigious bar available for guests, plus marvellous dining spots at the nearby Hobart waterfront.
Best room for two: Each of the Islington Hotel’s lavish guest rooms are terrific for a couples’ getaway, with gorgeous furnishings and a warm atmosphere. Inclusions like complementary full-cooked breakfasts, barista-made coffee, gourmet sweets and movie streaming services add to the list of tempting reasons to book a stay.
Shanleys Huon Valley
To leave the hassles of everyday life behind, retreat to the blissfully private Shanleys Huon Valley (an hour south of Hobart). Perched high amongst the rolling emerald hills, this dreamy escape has been purposely built with romantics in mind.
Available exclusively for couples, it’s ideal for holing up in luxury or discovering the incredible local region – don’t miss visiting the Tahune Airwalk and the Huon Valley’s restaurants and wineries.
Best room for two: With an open-plan design that lets in whimsical views of the green surrounds, the self-contained Shanleys Huon Valley provides all the essentials for a loved-up getaway. A spacious lounge room with a wood-fire place, a comfy King-size bed, sunken spa bath and fully equipped kitchen – they’re all features that make a stay here utterly divine.